History - The Academy Selsey



Throughout their time studying History students will learn about a variety of topics from the Saxons to the twentieth century. Most of the syllabus focusses on British history, covering topics like the Norman invasion, the Middle Ages, the plague, the Peasants’ revolt, Magna Carta, the reigns of the Tudors, the Civil War, life in the seventeenth century, the Industrial Revolution, the British Empire and the First and Second World Wars. We also study the Making of America, Native Americans, Tudor Explorations, Hitler’s Foreign Policy, life in Nazi Germany, the Cold War & the Civil Rights Movement in America.

All modules centre around enquiry questions; providing opportunities to be independent learners and support progress.

Key Stage 3 History

The themes each involve the development of knowledge and skill across the years. Each topic sets our enquiry based questions providing students with the opportunity to develop key thinking and learning skills


Year 7 – Anglo-Saxon and Norman England & Medieval England

Year 8 – Empire and exploration & the slave trade

Year 9 – Treaty of Versailles & Hitler’s foreign policy and causes of WW2,


Year 7 – Church and State & the Tudors

Year 8 – Native Americans & the expansion of America

Year 9 – Britain and Germany at war & the Holocaust


Year 7 – The English Civil War & Life in Seventeenth century England

Year 8 – How life changed in Industrial Britain & WWI

Year 9 – The Cold War & the Civil Rights Movement in America


History is a popular choice at GCSE and students follow the OCR History syllabus which covers three exam papers.

As part of the course, students undertake a fieldtrip to Fishbourne, thereby following our enquiry focused approach to learning.

This course will develop a student’s understanding of the following areas:

Year 10 (Autumn): Crime & Punishment Through Time

  • The nature of crime and punishment in Anglo-Saxon Britain
  • The Middle Ages,
  • The impact of population growth and the development of towns
  • Attitudes towards crimes against property
  • The changing nature of crime in the 16th & 17th centuries  and early modern Britain
  • The developing of police
  • The changing roles of prisons
  • Modern crime & punishment

Year 10 (Spring): The Norman Conquest 1065-1087

  • Anglo-Saxon society
  • The death of Edward I & contenders for the throne
  • The Viking agenda
  • Battles of Fulford, Stamford Bridge & Hastings
  • Resistance to William I, uprisings & how William kept control
  • Domesday Book
  • Feudal system
  • Castles

Year 10 (Summer): History Around Us: The Romans & Fishbourne Palace

  • Roman Empire
  • Roman life
  • Roman Britain
  • Field trip
  • In depth analysis of the Fishbourne Palace site past, present and future


Year 11 (Autumn): The Making of America 1789-1900

  • Early expansion of the USE
  • Introduction to the slave economy
  • Introduction to indigenous peoples & Plains Indians focussing on Lakota Sioux
  • The reasons white Americans moved West & the Oregon Trail
  • The Mormons
  • The Gold Rush
  • Causes of the Civil War
  • Reconstruction Era
  • The African American post Civil War experience
  • Life on the Plains
  • Indian wars
  • Growth of cities & industrial America

Year 11 (Spring): Living under Nazi rule 1933-1945


  • How Hitler established & consolidated power
  • The SS & Gestapo & the Nazi machinery of terror
  • Effectiveness of Nazi propaganda
  • Opposition to Nazi rule
  • Impact of Nazi policies on youth, women & racial groups
  • Hitler’s foreign policy
  • Impact of war economy, opposition to the war and impact of war
  • Nazi rule in western & eastern Europe


Learning will be assessed by:

  • Written paper: Thematic Study: Crime & Punishment c 1200 to the present

British Depth Study: The Norman Conquest 1065-1087. 1 hour 45 mins. 80

marks (40%)

  • Written paper: Thematic Study: The Making of America 1789-1900

Depth Study: Living under Nazi rule 1933-1945. 1 hour 45 mins. 80 marks


  • Written paper: History Around Us: The Romans & Fishbourne Palace. 1 hour. 40 marks & 10

for SPAG (20%)